First, I must laugh at all the reviews of people who had no idea what they were watching. We must all realize that all films are not written for all people who watch. Just as I usually do not go see cartoon films, others should give good thought before seeing such an 'artsy' film as Mother!. Hey, if you didn't like Black Swan, think more than twice on this one.Observation: There is a fire. Woman's face burning up. When cut to Javier holding a crystal. He places the crystal on a metal stand and we watch the house start healing itself, starting at that crystal. We cut to other <more>
parts of the house, as it heals, from fire back to normal. Eventually we cut to a bedroom where we see the bed healing itself and someone under the covers. She arises and it is Mother, played by Jennifer. Odd names for a film, right, but the names are never said in the film. We learn that Him is an accomplished poet, but it seems like he is going through some type of writer's block. Mother's mission is to refinish the house. A lot has been done, but there is always more work to do. A man played by Ed Harris knocks at the door and Him greets the man and allows him to enter, almost happy someone else is in the house. The man is a doctor, but he smokes and drinks which causes him getting sick, fairly easily. It doesn't bother Him, but Mother is quite concerned.Soon someone else arrives, a woman played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Turns out the woman is the man's wife. She's a feisty one played convincingly by Pfeiffer. Mother seems confused why Him allows these strangers to stay in their house. The woman doesn't hold anything back when she has a conversation with Mother. The woman asks why they don't have a baby? Mother is pretty taken back by how forward the woman is. This does not bother the drunk woman.The man & woman seem to find a fascination with the crystal. Mother tells them not to touch it, but eventually they sneak in the room and break it into 100's of pieces. Him becomes enraged! Mother wants the man and woman to leave, but they don't and it's seems Mother is powerless. Mother goes to their room and they are having sex so she leaves. Even though Him is very upset he does not ask them to leave. Are you putting the pieces together? 2 more guests, 2 sons arrive. They fight, one becomes badly hurt & Him, the man & woman take him to the hospital, but Him comes back and tells Mother he died. Soon people start showing up, apparently for the funeral for the son and as more arrive things become chaotic. Every person seems to represent something different. The house becomes a disaster as everyone starts stealing everything! After everyone leaves Him & Mother have a fight which turns into sex. After Mother says she is pregnant. Him then becomes inspired to write a new poem. He gives it to Mother to read. She cries and tells Him it is magnificent. People start showing up again to praise Him for his poem. It is at this point things start to become totally chaotic. Let's just say lots of people show up and Aronofsky puts things in overdrive! The insanity on the screen is brilliant and here is why I believe this Interpretation: The film is basically an allegory our entire existence, and then some. Him is G*d. Mother is Mother Nature or as Him calls her, home. Him creates man and woman as Mother Nature creates everything around them. The Poem is the Bible. The house is the world. The man is Adam, the woman Eve. The sons Cain & Abel. We then basically witness an insane, quick review from Christ to present time about 20 minutes , and then the demise of mankind. The film's use of the crystal represents the 'Apple'.Conclusion: When we look at this film in its entirety, taking 2 steps back, we see the film summarizes man's existence. The beginning of the film shows he tried before, but failed. Our existence, most of the film, also fails. At the end, we see Him try once again. G*d's dilemma is free will. Him only leads by verse the Bible , but man's interpretation is what creates conflict, as everyone has their own interpretation, thus anarchy eventually occurs & eventually obliteration. Eden gets a restart, over & over again.I find the film to be amazing in scope, like Cloud Atlas or A's The Fountain. Like I said earlier, if you don't appreciate films like these, or even Black Swan don't bother. It's simply not your brand. I feel the film is an amazing encapsulation of our existence performed in very unique fashion. The message here is strong. I prefer the avant-garde probably because I've seen so many films. I need to view films that present something new, and this one certainly does. For me, it is a masterpiece. Aren't artists allowed to target their audience? They all can't have happy endings. My 1000 words worth.
My god, mother is one hell of a film. (by wasabiteabag)
First of all, please don't watch this film if you have trouble understanding metaphors & symbolism.It's pretty clear that there are quite a number of reviews/rants on this page with people expressing their hate towards the story and how it's been portrayed on screen. It's strange because it looks like they had absolutely no idea what they were watching... it's trivial and shallow to publish a review without any research. However, I do agree that it isn't an easy one to sit through, but some of the greatest films aren't. So again, please don't bother <more>
checking it out if your mind is closed, you won't appreciate this masterpiece.To help deter unaccommodating opinions being regurgitated, I'll try to explain what made the film worth your time.I believe there are two themes that can be interpreted from Mother!! Therefore, the use of an additional explanation mark is required.***SPOILERS BELOW***Religious Theory;Pretty sure the inconvenient truth to this theory is that when the sh*t hits the fan, mother doesn't like people messing up her house Earth . Apparently, Darren Aronofsky is not religious but he likes strong environmental messages. He also wrote the script in 5 days.. how long did it take God to create the world? Just saying.Jennifer Lawrence is Mother Earth — The house is Earth.Javier Bardem Him is God — Creator of life on Earth, loves attention, and forgives everyone.Ed Harris Man is Adam — Invited by God to Earth aka house Michelle Pfeiffer Woman is Eve — Created from Adam's rib scene where Ed Harris was sick on the toilet The crystal is the forbidden fruit apple The baby is the bread at the last supper "Body of Christ"Relationship Theory;An extreme version of anxiety in a relationship that is deteriorating. The tense build-up in social interactions and how someone may view a scenario where they feel left out and forgotten. The jealousy someone feels when their bond is shared. Not paying attention to the needs of one another in a relationship. Having a baby to keep the relationship alive. All these emotions are magnified/multiplied by 100 to the point it's literally terrifying, so crazy that it may make you laugh. Finally, once the love has completely diminished, the only thing left is to leave and start again new.Either way, this film is unique and original in the way it's portrayed, packaged and presented. Hope you can appreciate the beauty of this Gothic religious tale / art-house opera and award the actors & production team that helped make it possible.
Aronofsky's mother! will be hated by many, but loved by a precious few (by matthewacollier)
100Horrifying. Just.. horrifying. Aronofsky really got me with this one. Not only did he manage to grab me on an intellectual level, but also on an emotional one. This movie is going to be hated by many, I know that now. But for me, this is, hands down, the movie of the year. Every shot, cut, and scream is perfectly constructed to make an immersive atmosphere that never relents in it's uncomfortable feeling, and the acting is seriously award worthy. Javier Bardem is absolutely wonderful, and Jennifer Lawrence... oh man... her performance is absolutely top notch. At first I couldn't <more>
quite relate to her character, but as the film progressed, her mindset became my mindset, and we essentially merged into one force of fear and terror that was absolutely unstoppable until the ending. I cannot praise her performance enough in this review. Her emotions leaked from every frame she was in, and it broke my heart and scared me witless the whole way through the film. Aronofsky's pacing is immaculate as well, the whole movie feeling not a second too slow or quick, the events rolling on naturally and in a way that felt very satisfying. The whole way through, I was riveted and invested by the acting and cinematography, which is definitely Aronofsky's best I've seen so far. The entire film is gripping, horrifying, heartbreaking, and absolutely wonderful. Nothing about this movie pulled me out of it. Watching this in a theater was like being in a bomb shelter while the world ended, every sound apocalyptic and every camera shake filling my view. If you can, watch this on the biggest screen you can with the best surround sound you can afford. If you only watch one movie this year, make it this one. This movie is incredible. This is why I study the movies.
These days, we live in a world where most things are terrible and don't make any sense. Yet, a film like Mother! can still come along and disgust audiences. A film so off-putting, Rex Reed declared it "The worst film of the century". Make no mistake, Mother! is a profoundly polarizing film. But that is only because it went mainstream. It stars mainstream actors. It's distributed by Paramount. In recent years, the art-house and the multiplex have never crossed paths. But as the era of the blockbuster fades away, it was only a matter of time for Hollywood to return back to <more>
it's roots. To bring us back to the late 1960's, where most films meant something. Films that grab you. Films that push serious boundaries. I rarely leave a theater shaken. But Mother! did just that. It is a beautiful, terrifying assault on your senses.Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a lovely couple. Bardem is a struggling poet, while Lawrence tends to her house obsessively. Everything seems fine on the surface. What's that, you ask? The house has a heart! I admit the deed! Tear up the planks! Here, here! It's the beating of his hideous heart! ... and scene. Thank you for indulging me. No seriously, the house has a heart.. and internal organs. It's a living entity. I heard of the phrase "Home is where the heart is" but this is ridiculous. Is it? Lawrence plays someone that wants to be a mother to something. Her house? What happens when adoring fans come rushing in to see Bardem? Unwelcome visitors all! They wreck the house and impede on Lawrence's hard work. This must not go on. To fill the void, Bardem and Lawrence conceive a child. As the days go on, the guest list becomes bigger and bigger. By the film's midpoint, the house becomes a small city of thieves and squatters. After that, I must not share anymore. Because if you're already confused by what I'm telling you.. you don't know what confused is, my friend.How does one interpret Mother! It's the quintessential art-house/midnight movie. Therefore, anything is plausible. Aronofsky intended it that way. He juggles many concepts and critiques about life itself. Motherhood, paranoia, fame, claustrophobia, selfishness, lust, rage, war, peace, religion, gender, history.. Mother! is whatever you want it to be and more. If you know that going in, this will be a breeze. If you don't, you will loathe every second of this film and I won't blame you. It is a lot to swallow. The climax of the picture is well orchestrated insanity. Arguably, the most intense sequence of events captured on screen since Children of Men. By comparison, Requiem for a Dream is almost entirely palpable. You sit back in your seat and think "Enough already. This is too much. Wow. It's not stopping. Please stop.". But that is precisely the point. Aronofsky does not let up until you are mentally drained from watching. But at least to ease some of the pain, you see a lot of Jennifer Lawrence's face, up-close. Most of the film is on her face. In real life, she is in a relationship with Aronofsky. Coincidence? No, not a coincidence. This is the mark of a filmmaker madly in love with his star. On an emotional level, that shows.Mother! is not a film to go into blind.. but that certainly helps the experience. Polarizing, disturbing films are not crowd pleasures by any stretch, but that's never been an area that bothers me. Films like these fascinate me. Their lack of decorum fascinates me. The reactions from the audience fascinate me. On Lars Von Trier's best day, he couldn't have conjured a film like Mother! .. and if he did, he would've have let it be seen in a shopping mall.
All you can say after the movie ends is nothing! Mother! is a cinematic masterpiece that examines the universe from the beginning."Mother!" Is a strange masterpiece.Not only because it can show neither a multi-layered story but a double-sided storyline.Not only because of its unsurpassed spaces.Not only because Darren Arnofsky has come to a new point in his filmmaking history.We're talking about someone who made a crazy movie with madness."Mother!" is something beyond such descriptions. "Mother!" is a great storyteller than a cinematic movie.So consider this <more>
movie more than a movie, as something that shows, cinema can say whatever it wants.
A genius movie that no one gets! (by alexnicolaeva)
It's a very difficult movie to explain, but I will try to deliver my theory for people to understand it from such perspective; those who saw "Mother!" should understand where the evidence is coming from. I'm not a religious person at all, so I'm not seeing connections with religion in every movie. However "mother!" was mostly about it. At the beginning I thought that it would be a detective story or typical Darren Aranofsky's film about how someone is getting crazy. At that moment I thought that Javier Bardem was playing a silly guy, who was so innocent to <more>
understand that you should never invite people who you don't know to your home!! But I was wrong. The whole movie is Allegory! And that's what you should keep in mind while watching it.Jennifer Lawrence was representing "Virgin Mary" that's why the film is called "Mother!" and also the "Home", "Earth"... Simply "Hera"- goddess in Greek mythology. That's why she had such a strong connection with the house! Trying to protect it from all of those guests trying to destroy it. She was getting crazy and feeling sick, when the house was being destroyed and hence she saw the blood in the house only in those moments etc."Him" played by Javier Bardem was representing a "God". That's why he was so generous and kind to people, sharing his home, food and whatever they want. His House was representing the whole world earth of the God where he invited all of those guests.Guests that were coming were people who used the kindness of god, but couldn't resist sins and instead of living in peace and respecting God and Her, they started to slowly destroy the "World" that she was making... The man who was dying, but still abusing alcohol. His wife was tempting "Her", adding Lust and Pride in the world. Their Sons who were pure representation of Envy and Wrath. And finally guests on the funeral, who didn't have any respect for "Her" and the "home" that she made.. Very important moment was when she got pregnant, she never had sex with Him - like Virgin Mary and God; and immediately after it got pregnant.After God wrote the poem he gave people happiness. And for those who came to the house Freedom, Hope, Blessings etc. However instead of using it in a good way, people started stealing things, destroying house, fighting and killing each other; delivering sins like "Gluttony", "Greed", even more "Envy" and "Wrath". There were even sects formed! With his photos in one place forming an altar, where Her child was sacrificed in a similar way that Jesus Christ was killed! After she gave birth, there is a moment when she is getting tired, but he waits still without need for any sleep! Because he is a god, he doesn't need it and he doesn't burn in the moment when the house world is destroyed. He takes the only thing that survives -"Love" and makes a new world with a new "Muse" and same beginning! There is no devil in the movie as devil lives in people - us. Humans like us were those who destroyed the world in the movie. And humans like us are slowly destroying our planet now and that is what was happening for thousands of years! It's a genius movie full of allegory and metaphors that not everyone could spot, but it is definitely a masterpiece!
Went to the first matinée available locally and I am still thinking the picture over. Will definitely see this one again, if it hasn't left the theatre abruptly. I was certainly horrified by the film, which is a good thing, as I had assumed it was a horror picture. It is, of course, much more than that. Nonetheless, it is NOT The Conjuring or Get Out both good films, for sure , so just be warned.By now you are aware that the film has been controversial, also a good thing. Jennifer Lawrence does a fine job and her career is certainly not going to suffer for her performance. I am not <more>
exactly a JLaw "fan" could live without the Hunger Games , although I will pay closer attention to her future performances, especially if she pulls off more roles like this one really liked Winter's Bone, by the way . As I understand the Hollywood scene, it is a respectable personal decision to take on a challenging role in an avant garde picture, especially if you have already banked serious money from popular roles in blockbusters. Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ed Harris also do their respective parts justice--a well-acted film by A-listers, overall. Camera work and special effects are also impressive.The story is genuinely disturbing in a Requiem for a Dream way, so don't go if you can't handle that sort of thing. Some of the violence is, indeed, OVER THE TOP. Seriously, not for the faint of heart. Aside from the biblical allegory stuff, I found the character portrayals creepy as hell in a sur? realistic David Lynch-esque way. Hell is other people!I applaud Mr. Aronofsky for keeping his vision intact all the way to the big screen. For reference, I just don't need any more movies based on superheros, comic books except The Tenth or Gen 13 , children's cartoons, vampires fighting werewolves, or horror stick about unfriending weirdos on facebook. You will have to make up your own mind on this one, so please do just that. Even if you end up despising the film, try to remember that, to quote Rob Zombie, "Art's Not Safe."
A little tedious to watch, but the concept is brilliant (by jtindahouse)
Some people would say you have to be a genius to make films like Darren Aronofsky does. I would also add to that that you have be a genius to watch and appreciate his films. By the end of 'Mother!' I felt like I had been hit by a truck. The film is almost hypnotic in the way it beats you to your knees and keeps you there for the entire run time. It's a film that almost doesn't want to be liked if that makes sense. The less you like it, the better it has done its job.Without discussing the metaphor this would be a very hard film to review because that is in essence everything <more>
, so let's get into some spoilers. As I understand it, Javier Bardem's character is 'God' or 'Him' as he is listed in the credits. The film serves as a commentary on how according to the Bible at least all God wants is attention and to be loved, no matter how many people in the real world have to be destroyed, killed or blown up for him to achieve that.Now, to say that's a controversial subject to make a film about is an understatement. But you have to respect Aronofsky for being bold enough to take that plunge. There are some brilliant film makers working in the world today, but when you consider their career paths, a lot of them have played it very safely.'Mother!' is quite a tough film to review. If you judged it purely on its watchability factor you'd probably have to go quite low. If you judged it purely on the metaphorical story it is trying to tell, I think you'd have to consider it nearly perfect. I've decided to rest somewhere in the middle with an '8'. The only thing I can safely promise that you'll find about this film, is that it's utterly unique.
A shocking off the rails metaphorical art house film (by Joetampa90)
Wow mother! was a real wild ride. I stumbled out of the theater in awe. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it. It is really nice to see directors like Darren Aronofsky take chances like this. What you get in mother! is one part drama one part horror six parts insanity. The story does not take any time at all to get going, it becomes completely crazy about an hour in and the final 20 minutes will leave you shocked. While I was not totally floored by either main stars performance the acting was surely great. The problem with mother! is, taken at face value it's totally <more>
ridiculous. The things that end up transpiring are absurd and over the top to say the least. Therefore mother! will surely be a polarizing movie. As a small example I went with 3 other people to see it, including myself it was a 50/50 love hate outcome. As far as the shocking moments in the film, they are a real doozy. There's one scene in particular that will certainly repel some people. In my theater of about 20 or so people a woman basically ran out during this part. When we left she was waiting outside visibly shaken and yelling at her boyfriend. For me as a person who loves it when films push the envelope and cross boundaries, I was delighted by it all. While mother! is the most audacious original movie of 2017 taken at face value it could be a real bust for some people. After reading into the meaning of the film I'd say I like it even more. I'm giving it an 8/10. A great movie.